I recently shook myself out of a breakfast rut. On weekdays, I usually make oatmeal at my desk or eat this hash but I was getting tired of the same old things, especially with temperatures rising. Don't get me wrong, these recipes are absolutely delicious and good for you but hot breakfast hasn't really been doing it for me lately. This cherry pineapple ginger smoothie, however, has. It's also been keeping me from stopping at Jamba Juice on my way into work on the morning and being late!
Quick and easy are major key words on weekday mornings. So this cherry pineapple ginger smoothie plus two hard-boiled eggs has been my breakfast go-to for the last week. I prep for the week on Sundays and, last Sunday, I portioned out the cherries, pineapples, and ginger for each day in ziploc bags then stored them in the freezer. Then, I could just toss the contents of each bag in the blender with OJ and a handful of spinach each morning and go about my business. This cuts down smoothie making time from 6 minutes to two! No chopping, measuring, or fuss because who has time for all that on the way out the door to work?
How to Prep Smoothies for Easy Mornings
- Use zip-top bags.
- Pre-portion your ingredients.
- Freeze your ingredients.
- Setup your blender and cup the night before.
I also boil, peel, and bag up all the eggs at the beginning of the week. If you want to some protein and creaminess in this smoothie, just add in a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt before blending and you'll be good to go. You can add banana instead if you only want creaminess. You could also use coconut water in place of OJ. The flavor and color will be slightly different, though.
Let's talk about the taste of this cherry pineapple ginger smoothie. It's good. Like...really good. The cherries provide a beautiful color as well as some tartness, which is balanced out by the sweet pineapple. The refreshing zing of ginger is perfect for kick-starting your morning, and a splash of orange juice helps meld everything together and add a vitamin C boost. Spinach is in there, too but you can taste or really even see it! There's no need to add any sweeteners to this magical mix. It's naturally sweet enough. I've been using frozen cherries from last year's massive cherry harvest but fresh ones are starting to pop up in grocery stores, too.
For more smoothie goodness, check out my favorite post-workout smoothie or this pretty PB&J smoothie bowl. I hope y'all have a wonderful week and thanks so much for reading!
P.S. More meal prep ideas:
- Meal Prepping 101
- 2-Step Healthy Breakfast Cookies (vegan/gluten-free)
- Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal
- Dark Chocolate Chai Baked Oatmeal (vegan)
- Spicy Chipotle Skillet Meal
- Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs in Marinara
Easy Breezy Cherry Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
- 1-1 ½ cup orange juice
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 1 cup cherries pitted, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
- Add all ingredients, in the order listed, to a blender and pulse until smooth.
I lvoe anything with extra ginger and since I have all the ingredients I need to try this combo
This sounds delicious! I cannot wait to try this, I love pineapple and ginger. Will have to try the cherry!
Yes, pineapple and ginger are the perfect combo!
I have been on such a smoothie kick lately! I love them, they have helped me so much because I used to skip breakfast and lunch all the time. I make a smoothie in the morning and have extra for lunch as well. I'm excited to try this one with cherries!
Forget me Knot blog says
I love the idea of incorporating Cherries and ginger! My smoothies tend to be more basic and I’m always looking to add something fun to it. I’ll def have to try.
I love smoothies and have never tried adding ginger. I'm going to have to mix some in next time !
The ginger is such a refreshing addition--you have to try it!
I think I found my new breakfast smoothie! This looks delicious!
I love the prep tips. Considering I literally fall out of bed in the morning and head to work LOL, it would need to be prepped in the evening. This smoothie, especially the addition of ginger sounds good! That ginger will wake you up! LOL
I love your prep tips for making smoothies! I have to go out and get some zip loc baggies. I also love the flavors in this smoothie!
Sounds like a delicious smoothie. I like the extra information you added about prepping the ingredients before hand, very useful!
Mila Buckley says
I'm obsessed with this recipe! So refreshing, and great flavors. I'll be drinking this all summer!